Trust and Obey
By Mavis Tipton
Obey – to comply with the command of.
Trust – have confidence; be trustful, rely on; believe.
People are funny when it comes to these two words, trust and obey. Some people will jump right in to whatever is being asked of them. Most people need some information before trusting and obeying. Others need a lot of information and then they need time to think about it before making their decision. Which category do you find yourself in?
So how does this decision making apply to your walk with the Lord?
When I was a new Christian I depended upon those leading me to help make decisions, as I had not learned to hear the voice of the Lord.
As I grew and learned more about walking in faith I began to recognize the Lord’s voice. Today I have developed a relation with the Lord and when He speaks I share it with my husband, and if he feels it’s a go, then I move forward. (That’s another lesson for another day.)
Wisdom is a very good thing, but sometimes we just have to step out in faith and trust the Lord to guide us. I have found He won’t always show you the whole plan at once. You can’t develop faith if the whole thing is there right before you. Faith comes from hearing and obeying.
Not long ago I was at the church in the auditorium working on some things, and a gentleman came in, he had been working with a group of men on the playground. He asked me where the coffee shop was, and I told him straight ahead go through the doors where the exit sign is. He thanked me and proceeded to the coffee shop without a problem.
I finished what I was doing and had turned the lights off, when someone said hello. I turned around and could see a man coming in from the lobby area, but could not see who he was. There was some light coming from the lobby, however the auditorium was dark. He stopped and said he couldn’t see. I told him he was doing fine and to just keep coming toward my voice. He followed my voice and successfully made it over to the doors to the coffee shop.
He said it was scary as he couldn’t see anything, and his eyes had not adjusted to the dark coming in from the bright sun outside. He thanked me for helping him.
Later I got to thinking about it and the Lord spoke to me about trust and obey. He said the first man that came through was like those in the kingdom who will obey as long as they can see where they are going and have enough information to make their decision. They determine the things they do by what they see and know. There isn’t any trust involved.
The second man was like those in the kingdom who will trust and obey the Lord without being able to see. They allow the Holy Spirit to guide them each step of the way. They trust that the Father knows what is best for them. That the Father will guide and direct them, and give them the information they need as they go. He will stay by their side all the way through to the finish line. They trust Him completely.
Heb. 11:8 “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.”
“Trust and obey for there’s no other way. To be happy in Jesus is to trust and obey.”
This is from an old hymn we sang along time ago. We may not sing this exact song today, but the message is still the same, walking with Jesus is a journey of faith and obedience.